The play tells the story of James Cameron (played by De Shields) and Mary Ball, who in 1930 emerged as the sole survivors of racial crimes in Marion, Indiana. Teenagers when the crimes occurred, they look back on those events and their lives.
The show is currently playing at Indiana Repertory Theatre in a production starring De Shields and directed by Smith. That production also includes Kelsey Brennan (Mary), Keith Gallagher (Claude), Marcus Hendricks (Tommy), Linda Kimbrough (Marie), Diane Kondrat (Bea), Christopher Jon Martin (Hoot), Anthony Peeples (Apples), and Tyler Jacob Rollinson (Abe).
De Shields received Tony Award nominations for Play On! and The Full Monty. Recent credits include The Witch of Edmonton and Smith's Knock Me a Kiss. He is the recipient of the 2009 National Black Theatre Festival Living Legend Award, as well as several other honors.
For tickets and information about the Chicago production, click here.
For tickets and more information about the Indiana production, click here.